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Therapie. 2017 Jun;72(3):339-343. doi: 10.1016/j.therap.2016.10.001. Epub 2016 Oct 27.

[Women's knowledge of folic acid].

[Article in French]

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1
Service de pharmacologie clinique, faculté de médecine, université de Toulouse, CHU de Toulouse, unité de pharmacoépidémiologie, INSERM 1027, 37, allées Jules-Guesde, 31000 Toulouse, France.
2
Service de pharmacologie clinique, faculté de médecine, université de Toulouse, CHU de Toulouse, unité de pharmacoépidémiologie, INSERM 1027, 37, allées Jules-Guesde, 31000 Toulouse, France. Electronic address: isabelle.lacroix@univ-tlse3.fr.

Abstract

Many trials have shown that folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy reduces the risk of neural tube defects in general population. We investigated the knowledge of folic acid in women of child-bearing age. Women of child-bearing age were interviewed by 20 pharmacists living in Haute-Garonne between January and February 2014. One hundred ninety-six women were included in the present study. Out of them, 36% of women never heard of folic acid and 82% were not aware of its benefits. Knowledge was higher in older women, women in a couple and women with higher educational level (P<10-2). This study underlines that women are not enough aware of benefits of folic acid during pregnancy. Moreover, previous studies have shown that French women have low use of folic acid during peri-conceptional period. Information of general population will be required for a better prevention of folic acid-preventable NTDs.

KEYWORDS:

Acide folique; Anomalie de fermeture du tube neural; Folic acid; Grossesse; Neural tube defect; Pregnancy

PMID:
27863774
DOI:
10.1016/j.therap.2016.10.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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